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February 23, 2020

Centre plans partial removal of AFSPA in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

The Union government is thinking about a partial removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and has approached the State governments for their remarks, a senior Home Ministry official said on Tuesday.

AFSPA offers forces to the Army and focal forces sent in “disturbed areas” to shoot to kill and arrest any suspect without a warrant. AFSPA came into force in 1958 at the height of the Naga insurgency movement.

It is in force in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, in a few sections of Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.

“Prior, the notification for stretching out AFSPA used to be issued for six months or more. We are attempting to diminish the length to three months and will check whether it could be withdrawn totally from specific areas. Until further notice, the proposition is just for Arunachal Pradesh and Assam,” the official said.

The official said that there was no such proposition for Jammu and Kashmir starting at now. Tripura pulled back Armed Forces Special Powers Act in 2015.

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